China: The Great Escape

Channel 4

Unreported World

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This week's Unreported World travels to China's remote border with North Korea, where few journalists ever set foot.

Reporter Oliver Steeds and director Sam Farmar report on the plight of thousands of North Korean women who have been forced into prostitution or sold as brides after fleeing persecution and starvation in one of the world’s most secretive and repressive regimes.

"Oliver Steed reports from the indescribably bleak border between North Korea and China, which thousands of North Koreans try to cross in order to escape starvation."
- The Times

"This may be one of the most depressing and dark programmes in this compelling series, but if at least one more person learns about the North Koreans' plight tonight, then it will have done its job."
- Daily Observer

First Broadcast

April 17, 2009



Producer Director

Sam Farmar


Oliver Steeds

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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